Let’s just pretend that it’s Monday, ok? It’s been one of those weeks (already).
In just a couple of weeks, Holiday Party season will officially be in full force. Thanksgiving dinners, open houses, office parties, neighborhood parties, you name it. It’s always in poor taste to show up to the party host’s event empty-handed (or with “your two long hands” as my Grandmother would have said in a Bajan accent), so a hostess gift is the way to go.
If you’re like me, you realize as you’re walking out the door that you need to bring something along and you frantically rummage through your wine collection, or if you’re lucky enough, your super duper blogger swag closet, for a nice token of appreciation. Removing that last-minute stress of hoping I have something adequate to bring or looking for a decent giftbag (i.e. without Spider-Man on it), would be delightful.
And so, my personal mission is to gather a set of hostess gifts that I can keep on hand and ready to rock.
Happy Holiday Tip No. 2: Gather a Set of Hostess Gifts to Keep Handy
This week, find a half a dozen (or more if you’re popular like that), gifts that you can quickly grab and take with you to the slew of holiday gatherings in your future. You could even use these to give to unexpected visitors or invited guests as they’re leaving your place to send them on their way with some holiday cheer. Remember, it’s the thought that counts! These gifts don’t have to be expensive or one-of-a-kind; the best gifts are those that are thoughtful. Seeing as how we’re trying to simplify and streamline our holidays, it’s totally ok if you get 6 of the same item – just choose something that has wide appeal. And, if you’re up to it, you could even make the gifts yourself. Then again, if you’re making your gifts, then you’re one of those completely organized types who has it all together and you probably don’t need these tips at all. I love you anyway.
A favorite of mine is to give bottles of wine (who doesn’t love that?). My wine gift of choice is anything from the Middle Sister line. Last year, I bought sparkly snowflake ornaments and decorated the bottle with them. A relatively inexpensive, quick and easy gift that was well-received. I may do those again. Candy also works. And I’m partial to a cute tea towel.
Here are a few resources for hostess gift ideas (some of these are elaborate, but remember! our goal is simple + sweet):
Do you typically give hostess gifts? Do you like receiving them? What are your go-to gifts?